Democracy activist Fang Zheng, a student protester who was in Tiananmen Square in 1989 when the tanks rolled in, arrived in Hong Kong on May 31 to attend the annual memorial service to remember the victims who were killed in the June 4th Massacre.
Fang lost his legs that morning. He was attempting to leave through a side exit when a tank came behind him and crushed his legs.
He was a fourth year student at Beijing Sport University at the time.
Fang’s legs had to be amputated, and he has been bound to a wheelchair since. Chinese authorities urged him not to mention the government’s responsibility for his lost legs, but Fang refused to comply. He was thus placed on the government’s blacklist. But in 2009, with help from California-based non-profit relief organization Humanitarian China, Fang and his family were able to move to San Francisco, California.
Fang departed from the United States and arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport at 6pm on May 31, according to a report by the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily. Because Fang still held a passport from the People’s Republic of China, he feared the possibility that he would be denied entry into Hong Kong. But he was ultimately able to successfully pass through customs.
After years of hearing about the memorial service through the news, Fang expressed his excitement at finally being able to attend the event in person. Fang also told Apple Daily reporters that he is saddened by the young generation of Chinese who do not know the truth about the Tiananmen Square Massacre: “I am living evidence that army tanks were sent to chase us down and kill us. History cannot be hidden, the truth cannot be erased.”
Since 1990, the pro-democracy organization, “Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Democratic Movements in China” has hosted a rally and candlelight vigil every year in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to demand accountability from the Chinese communist government for the victims who died on June 4, 1989.
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